After numerous emails about my not posting any playing help on the BHO, I thought it a good idea to clarify a few things here in this blog. For one, Im not "mad" at anyone or have any other emotional response to why im doing this. My decision to stop posting playing advice basically just stems from me be being basically worn out, dealing with folks on the forums trying to just argue, try and make my agenda here to be 'sinister', twist words, and or folks who have no idea how Bg banjo really works trying to tell me I don't know what Ive learned in 42 years of play this music, most of it professionally. it is just tiresome to have to deal with this stuff and its just worn me out.
A few folks sent me links to a couple threads where posters lumped me in with 'experts who use intimidation" and or "lord ove"r, to paraphrase, the forums,ect. None of this is true and is ridiculous to be honest. I am only giving advice to try and help folks learn to play, and that's it, period. I have no ego about this stuff. but I DO know what Ive learned from all the great players before me, many of them my mentors. It makes no difference what these forum regulars may think pf me or my reasons for posting. My self image isnt based on what someone thinks of me on a forum. I live in the 'real world' of banjo playing, teaching and repair work. The forum is not a representation of that real world. Once the BHO is clicked 'off', that's where it stays with me.
All this boils down to me being done. Ive been on the BHO for ten years and Ive done my part to help it I think, Its time to move on and stop exerting my energy here. Im still a member and am not locking my account, for now. But I wont be posting any more playing advice or videos to the BHO. My blog explains, in a previous entry,where that will be happening from now on. I took a year off from the BHO once, but this will be a permanent change. Thank you to all who allowed me to post advice and I hope that something I said or posted in video lessons over the years did help their playing and understanding. I know Ive learned a ton of things here in my time on the BHO. Its time to try new things like my Facebook group and to spend time doing things 'my way'.
Its doubtful Ill be posting any more blogs so this is Chiao and happy trails! God bless and keep picking that banjo! Banjophobic...over and out....
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 @4:44:37 AM
We'll miss you. I personally think you have been one of the best teachers we've had on the Hangout and I'm so sorry that people have upset you to the point where you no longer wish to be here. Unfortunately, on a site this big, there's bound to be people who disagree with others and since you don't like the disagreement, there's not much we can do to change the way people are.
I wish you the best and if you decide to come back, you know you'll be welcome.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 @10:40:01 AM
I always thought your advice and videos were great and I learned a lot from you here on BHO. Best of luck in your new endeavors. Keep picking.
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